FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAGUNA BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
CONTACT: CHAD MABERY, ED.D.
DIRECTOR OF ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
949-497-7700 EXT. 5210
October 2, 2018
Laguna Beach Unified continues to exceed standards in 2018 CAASPP results
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - The results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests, which were completed by students in grades 3-8 and 11 last spring, have been released by the California Department of Education (CDE). The latest data from the CDE shows that the Laguna Beach Unified School District continues to be one of the highest performing districts in California in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.
Established in 2014, the CAASPP System is California’s academic assessment system that measures California Standard's achievement for grades 3 through 8 and 11 in English and mathematics. Now in its fourth year, the computer-based tests use California’s challenging academic standards and ask students to write, think critically, and solve complex problems.
Overall, LBUSD scores have risen 6 percent in ELA and 8 percent in math since 2015. The table below reflects the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards throughout all four years of the new assessment system.
“We are thrilled to see this continuous improvement for our students in literacy and mathematics,” said Director of Assessment and Accountability Dr. Chad Mabery. He continued, “This level of academic excellence and growth across four years speaks volumes about the dedication and efforts of our students, teachers, and instructional leaders.”
Students in the district continue to earn some of the highest levels of proficiency for ELA/Literacy and mathematics in the county and state. Overall, in Orange County, the percent of proficient students in ELA was 58 percent and 49 percent in mathematics, while LBUSD students averaged 82 percent in ELA and 74 percent in mathematics. For the state of California, 50 percent of students were proficient in ELA, and 39 percent of students were proficient in mathematics.
Academic test scores are part of the California School Dashboard, the new accountability system that replaced the Academic Performance Index, which will be used in conjunction with suspension rates, graduation rates, chronic absenteeism figures, college and career readiness data, and other local performance indicators to determine if schools and districts are making enough progress in support of student success.
“The scores demonstrate the incredible capacity of students and staff in the Laguna Beach Unified School District,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jason Viloria. “In the 2018-2019 school year, we have renewed our focus on every student, every day, continuous improvement, and the development of meaningful relationships. These are not just areas of focus, but values embedded in our district culture that drive the work we do to ensure that we provide every student with the support and resources they need to succeed in high school and beyond. As we look to improve test scores, we will continue with the whole child approach that addresses academic and social-emotional needs of students for long-term success,” he concluded.
Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards in the same way. The results provide information schools can use to improve teaching and learning. Administered online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing the more precise measurement of individual skills. The results are posted annually on the CAASPP results website. Parents receive a written report of their child’s scores and can compare progress from one year to the next. A guide to understanding the CAASPP student score report can be found on the California Department of Education website.
The Board of Education will receive an informational report regarding the CAASPP scores at the October 9 board meeting.